Monthly Archives: January 2016

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

Educational Opportunity Higher Education

Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad swaths of students fro

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

Educational Opportunity Higher Education

Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of Pay It

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

Early Learning Educational Opportunity

Report | John Burbank | January 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in a child care center in 2014 in Washington State w

Washington Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Act

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Family and Medical Leave

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 15, 2016

Nurturing a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times when family and health must come first. New moms and babies are healthier with extended maternity leaves, and everyone recovers better from illness when family members provide care. But too many Washington worker

Win, Lose, or Draw? The Trans-Pacific Partnership and You [VIDEO]

An Inclusive Economy

Video | January 13, 2016

Why Washington Needs Paid Sick Leave

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 13, 2016

1. Everyone gets sick – but 1 million Washington workers don’t get a single day of paid sick leave. Paid sick leave allows ill workers to stay home – away from coworkers and customers – without losing pay. But the people who can least afford time off without pay most likely have no sick leave. Many workers wh

Local Results of Paid Sick Days Laws

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 13, 2016

Research Overview Since San Francisco became the first U.S. jurisdiction to pass paid sick leave in 2006, over 20 additional cities and 4 states have adopted sick leave laws.[i] At least two localities, Washington, DC and New York City, have expanded their initial laws. Protecting public health, assuring that

Testimony of Kira Lewis on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Testimony | January 12, 2016

Hi I am Kira Lewis, an RN working as an elementary school nurse. I am here to advocate in support for at least 5 days of earned sick and safe leave for workers in Spokane. In my work, I see children at school who need to go home because they are sick, but who surprisingly tell me they want to stay at school.

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on proposed Spokane Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Testimony | Marilyn Watkins | January 12, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, PhD, Economic Opportunity Institute, before the Spokane City Council, January 11, 2016, Paid Sick and Safe Leave Good evening. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute and the WA Work and Family Coalition. I am also part of Family Values at Work, a network of

Paid Sick Days and Economic Prosperity

A Fair Deal at Work Paid Sick Days

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | January 8, 2016

Paid sick days help make all jobs economy-building jobs No one should be forced to work sick or when they have a sick child – and most families can’t afford to lose several days’ pay when a nasty virus strikes. Working families spend more at local businesses when they have stable income to cover the basics of

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